Wind-whipped on its geographical perch, you can’t exactly say that North East England is overlooked. But it is often forgotten, bypassed and curiously under-visited. Occupying the countryside between England and Scotland, this borderland is strewn with historical monuments, dense forests, quaint towns and vibrant cities. History buffs are at no loss for attractions, from the Roman Hadrian’s Wall, to the Norman cathedral in Durham, to the Beamish Open Air Museum. Outdoor enthusiasts delve into the deep wilderness of Northumberland National Park, where climbs to the top of the Cheviot Hills are all the rage. You can live out your own fairy tale fantasy along the castle-strew shores of Northumberland, and then head into dynamic Newcastle for a taste of the urban new. People here are known for their resilience and independence; one look into the dramatic beauty of the land, and you’ll see why this frontier land has been so fiercely defended—and fiercely loved.